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The Slight Edge The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
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“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do.”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge
“The truth is, what you do matters. What you do today matters. What you do every day matters. Successful people just do the things that seem to make no difference in the act of doing them and they do them over and over and over until the compound effect kicks in.”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge
“Successful people do whatever it takes to get the job done, whether or not they feel like it.”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
“The journey starts with a single step—not with thinking about taking a step.”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
“Trying to get rid of an unwanted habit is a bit like trying not to think about an elephant (the more you try not to think about it, the more you think about it). That’s because what you focus on, grows. Which is why people who put a lot of energy into focusing on what they don’t want, by talking about it, thinking about it, complaining about it, or fretting about it, usually get precisely that unwanted thing. It’s tough to get rid of the habit you don’t want by facing it head on. The way to accomplish it is to replace the unwanted habit with another habit that you do want. And creating new and better habits, ones that empower and serve you, is something you know how to do. You do it the same way you built any habit you have: one step at a time. Baby steps. The slight edge.”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson (attrib.)”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
“Sometimes you need to slow down to go fast.”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
“Instead of writing down what you’re going to do (chances are you’ve been doing that your whole adult life anyway, and it doesn’t make you any better at doing them), write down at the end of the day what you did do that day.”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
“Someday Never Comes “Some day my prince will come.…” Good old Walt Disney. Well, that may have worked out for Snow White. Back here on Earth, it’s a recipe for disappointment. In flesh-and-blood life, waiting for “some day” is no strategy for success, it’s a cop-out. What’s more, it’s one that the majority follow their whole lives. Someday, when my ship comes in … Someday, when I have the money … Someday, when I have the time … Someday, when I have the skill … Someday, when I have the confidence … How many of those statements have you said to yourself? Have I got some sobering news for you: “some day” doesn’t exist, never has, and never will. There is no “some day.” There’s only today. When tomorrow comes, it will be another today; so will the next day. They all will. There is never anything but today.”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
“Showing up is essential. Showing up consistently is powerful. Showing up consistently with a positive outlook is even more powerful.”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
“Your happiness is affected by 1) your outlook, that is, how you choose to view the events and circumstances of your everyday life; 2) specific actions with positive impact—things like writing down three things your grateful for, or sending appreciative emails, doing random acts of kindness, practicing forgiveness, meditating, and exercising; and 3) where you put your time and energy, and especially investing more time into important relationships and personally meaningful pursuits.”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
“There are two kinds of habits: those that serve you, and those that don’t.”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
“People on the success curve live a life of responsibility. They take full responsibility for who they are, where they are, and everything that happens to them.”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
“Any time you see what looks like a breakthrough, it is always the end result of a long series of little things, done consistently over time.”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
“And some more shocking news: your ship’s not coming—it’s already here. Docked and waiting. You already have the money. You already have the time. You already have the skill, the confidence. You already have everything you need to achieve everything you want.”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
“Each morning, write down three things you’re grateful for. Not the same three every day; find three new things to write about. That trains your brain to search your circumstances and hunt for the positive. Journal for two minutes a day about one positive experience you’ve had over the past twenty-four hours. Write down every detail you can remember; this causes your brain to literally reexperience the experience, which doubles its positive impact. Meditate daily. Nothing fancy; just stop all activity, relax, and watch your breath go in and out for two minutes. This trains your brain to focus where you want it to, and not get distracted by negativity in your environment. Do a random act of kindness over the course of each day. To make this simple, Shawn often recommends a specific act of kindness: at the start of each day, take two minutes to write an email to someone you know praising them or thanking them for something they did. Exercise for fifteen minutes daily. Simple cardio, even a brisk walk, has a powerful antidepressant impact, in many cases stronger (and more long-lasting) than an actual antidepressant!”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
“Every morning write down three new things you’re grateful for. Journal for two minutes a day about a positive experience from the past 24 hours. Meditate daily for a few minutes. At the start of every day, write an email to someone praising or thanking them. Get fifteen minutes of simple cardio exercise a day.”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
“Things like taking a few dollars out of a paycheck, putting it into savings, and leaving it there. Or doing a few minutes of exercise every day—and not skipping it. Or reading ten pages of an inspiring, educational, life-changing book every day. Or taking a moment to tell someone how much you appreciate them, and doing that consistently, every day, for months and years. Little things that seem insignificant in the doing, yet when compounded over time yield very big results. You could call these “little virtues” or “success habits.” I call them simple daily disciplines. Simple productive actions, repeated consistently over time. That, in a nutshell, is the slight edge.”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
“The difficult is what takes a little time; the impossible is what takes a little longer.”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
“anything worth having is worth paying that price for.”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
“take care with what you think. Because what you think, multiplied by action plus time, will create what you get.”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
“I could tell you that if you would agree to read ten pages of one of these good books every single day, over time, you could not help but accumulate all the knowledge you’d ever need to be as successful as you could ever want to be. Like a penny over time, reading ten pages a day would compound, just like that, and create inside you a ten-million-dollar bank of knowledge. If you kept this up for a year, you would have read 3,650 pages—the equivalent of one or two dozen books of life-transforming material. Would your life have changed? Absolutely. No question.”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
“There is a natural progression to everything in life: plant, cultivate, harvest.”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
“A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
“Everything is always in motion. Every day, every moment, your life path is either curving upward, or curving downward. Growing up we heard five times as many nos as yeses. Life has a downward pull. People on the success curve live in responsibility. People on the failure curve live in blame. People on the success curve are pulled by the future. People on the failure curve are pulled by the past. No matter where you are, at any moment you can choose to step onto the success curve.”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
“In the process of learning to walk, did you spend more time falling down or standing up? If you were anything like most babies, you failed (fell) far more than you succeeded (walked). It didn’t matter: you were on the path of mastery.”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
“The predominant state of mind displayed by those people on the failure curve is blame. The predominant state of mind displayed by those people on the success curve is responsibility.”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
“Show up. Show up consistently. Show up consistently with a positive outlook. Be prepared for and committed to the long haul. Cultivate a burning desire backed by faith. Be willing to pay the price. And do the things you’ve committed to doing—even when no one else is watching.”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
“If you’ve ever been told, “You’ll get it if you just want it bad enough,” I’m here to let you off the hook: it simply isn’t true.”
Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness

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